Sony Lamps -- Durability?

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  1. Matth_S

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    I've recently purchased a Sony KP51WS510.

    I'm curious.. How long should the lamp last on this model and how much does it cost to replace?

    Thanks!
     
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    The Sony KP51WS510 is a CRT-Based RPTV - it does not have a "lamp" per se that is user-replaceable (you're probably thinking of DLP and LCD-based sets which do).

    CRT-Based sets have 3 CRTs (red, blue, green). Over several years time, they will dim and eventually they may require replacement, and that is an expensive repair (in the neighborhood of $1000).

    Don't let that scare you, though. If you properly calibrate your set with AVIA or DVE, set your contrast down to 30-40%, and use "common sense" and take care of your set, you'll be in the market for a new set long before your current set becomes unwatchable. Besides, the dimming effect happens VERY slowly, over many years. You'll probably not really notice the change.

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